LESSON 3: LOVING YOUR FAMILY AS CHRIST LOVES THE CHURCH
As we started this section on loving our neighbor in the family, or “Family Ties,” we focused on how, in His wisdom, God created for us a physical picture of the spiritual family He had in mind for all who would call on the name of Christ. We’ve also looked at how that earthly family, whether biological or adopted, is a training and proving ground – bettering God’s children for life with our spiritual brothers and sisters.Download Family, Lesson 3
This is what the Lord says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:16-19
I often wonder how the Israelites must have felt as they approached the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s mighty army in hot pursuit. The story, found in the 14th chapter of Exodus, is a dramatic illustration of God’s omnipotent providence and His promise to weave all things together for the good of those who love him. On the surface, one might think that God merely plucked the Israelites from a crushing defeat at the last excruciating moment. The truth is that God held every heart-pounding instant in His almighty hand for the purpose of His glory. From commanding the Israelites’ flight from Egypt to the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart which led to his overwhelming pursuit of them; and from the Israelites’ incredible deliverance and safe passage through the Red Sea to the great victory over Pharaoh’s army with “all of the horses and chariots” resulting in an indisputable recognition of God’s unmatched might, God always finishes what He begins. Always.
God is faithful. And when He is for us, no one can stand against us. (Romans 8:31).
It is my desire that as we sing this song together as a church body, we will enter into a bold and confident moment of declaration and thanksgiving for who God is: asking Him for nothing, but praising Him for the great things He has done (Psalm 126:3) and is yet to do.
He is with us. (Joshua 1:9)
He is for us. (Psalm 56:9)
He is faithful. (2 Thes 3:3)
He is our healer. (1 Peter 2:24)
He is our savior and redeemer. (John 3:16)
He is the way, the truth and the life. (John 14:6)
He is the light. (John 8:12)
He is the miracle worker. (Luke 1:37)
He is the way maker. (Isaiah 43: 19)
You are here Moving in our midst I worship You I worship You You are here Working in this place I worship You I worship You You are Way maker, miracle worker Promise keeper, light in the darkness My God, that is who You are You are here Turning lives around I worship You I worship You You are here You're healing every heart I worship You I worship You You are Way maker, miracle worker Promise keeper, light in the darkness My God, that is who You are Even when I don't see it, You're working Even when I don't feel it, You're working You never stop, You never stop working You never stop, You never stop working Way maker, miracle worker Promise keeper, light in the darkness My God, that is who You are
Wisdom in dialogue is determining to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19). When you enter into dialogue, put your expectations aside. Expectations are an invitation to disappointment.
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SONGS WE’LL BE SINGING TOGETHER
Great Is Thy Faithfulness | [listen + lyrics]
William Marion Runyan
Promises | [listen]
Aaron Moses, Carrington Gaines, Dante Bowe, Keila Alvarado, Lemuel Marin
Your Promises | [listen]
Chris Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, Wade Joye
2 Peter 1:3-4a
Your Great Name | [listen + lyrics]
Michael Neale, Krissy Nordhoff
Way Maker | [listen + lyrics]
Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu
2 Corinthians 1:20
“And through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.” (Colossians 1:20)
Wisdom in dialogue seeks to learn the other person’s story. Until you understand someone’s story, you’ll likely have more judgement than empathy.
Terminology today tends to be a moving target, so genuine dialogue is key. Wisdom seeks to understand before seeking to be understood so as not to perpetuate misunderstanding.
LESSON 2: HONOR YOUR PARENTS – THE BRIDGE
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12. ‘Honor’ is a word that has fallen out of favor in our modern western culture. This is particularly the case when it comes to the giving of honor to parents by children whether grown or still at home. The fifth command is the first of six commands that God gives concerning our behavior towards our fellow man. It is the “bridge” between the commands about loving God and those about loving our neighbor. So it is fitting that in our study we will begin here. This week we will look at what it means to “honor” our parents. We’ll consider how this is a picture for how children relate to their Heavenly Father. As you prepare this week take some time to consider how you “honor” your own parents, even if they may not be very “honorable.”Download Family, Lesson 2
Baby QUEST is Reston Bible Church’s ministry to the youngest members of our Body.
Each month, we will feature a guide for your family to use with children ages 0-2. The guide includes follow up activities, a craft or sensory activity, recommended reading, a song, and other tips that are uniquely tailored to the development of infants and toddlers.
The guide follows the themes we are teaching in our nursery classes, giving you an opportunity to connect and reinforce the ideas taught at home. Because children this age need repetition, each activity can be done multiple times throughout the month to continue to press it upon your child’s memory as they grow!
This month, we’re focusing on God’s love for your child through the story of Jesus and the children. Children will begin to learn that they are made in the image of God, how much God loves them, and the purpose God has for them individually in bringing Him glory.
Jesus Loves Me
Mark 10/Psalm 135:4
This week’s video is the same as last week.
This week’s reading from the Jesus Storybook Bible:
A Little Servant Girl and the Proud General, p. 136
This week’s Big Idea:
Salvation and relationship with God isn’t something we achieve, it’s something we receive!
This week’s Key Verse:
How do we apply wisdom? Start with the Word. Understand how to discern between things you can change, and things you can’t or you’ll default to what is wise in your own eyes.